• The United States is a leader in many areas of technology and research.
  • Benefitting from the generous funding, universities offer support to international PhD students for their ongoing or future researches.
  • Along with pursuing their studies, students can apply for Teaching and Research Assistantships. These assistantships help the student in widening their insights and skill set. They also provide a chance to work with the best in their chosen field of study


  • University campuses in the U.S. have a life of their own and are like small student township wherein students are encouraged to socialize and make friends. One can grab a burger (and at a cheap price too), go on a picnic, take yoga classes for free and by all means, join the super-fun student parties.
  • And that’s not all you can do. All campuses include a lot of facilities which offer a relaxing and entertaining environment. When not in class, one can make the most out of these facilities.
  • Studying in U.S. gives a chance to know and find out about different cultures and sharing one’s culture.


  • Studying in the USA will offer a competitive edge once one enters the job market. Employees who speak multiple languages, have international experiences and are able to quickly adapt to new professional environments are in high demand.
  • Companies are always on a hunt for a candidate with an international mindset and qualities of a problem solver.


  • The American university classroom atmosphere is very dynamic. You will be expected to share your opinion, argue your point, participate in class discussions and give presentations. International students find this one of the most surprising aspects of the American education system.
  • Each week professors usually assign textbook and other readings. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with the required readings and homework so you can participate in class discussions and understand the lectures. Certain degree programs also require students to spend time in the laboratory.


Each course is worth a certain number of credits or credit hours. This number is roughly the same as the number of hours a student spends in class for that course each week. A course is typically worth three to five credits.


If a student enrolls at a new university before finishing a degree, generally most credits earned at the first school can be used to complete a degree at the new university. This means a student can transfer to another university and still graduate within a reasonable time.


  • One of the main reasons why students choose to study in the U.S. is the country’s reputation for renowned higher-education programs.
  • Approximately, fifty percent of the world’s top 50 universities are located in the U.S., due to small class sizes, highly accredited professors, and advanced technology and research capabilities.


  • Whether you want to study Computer Science and become the next tech genius, get a degree in Engineering and invent innovative solutions, or study Business and learn how money makes the world go round, with the U.S. education system, you’ll surely become an expert in your field.
  • The American higher education framework offers adaptable alternatives to the students as per their requirements and interests. At the undergrad level, students can pick diverse courses even before they make their decision for a major toward the end of second year


  • Thesis is a part of course curriculum that a student may opt for. If the student has selected thesis to be a part of the curriculum, then the total number of courses to be finish in order to meet the graduate requirements are less ( up to 24 credit hours of courses that is 8 courses).
  • Thesis will count towards 6 credit hours. Student will have to find something new, kind of new discovery or invention will make a thesis.


  • The student will have to do some research under the guidance of the professor. Most of the students are offered a RA of 20 hrs/week or 10hrs/week after they arrive at the university or in their 2nd or 3rd semester. It is offered to a student by any professor, who wants that particular student to work for his research.
  • With RA, the students are offered a tuition waiver which would help them waive off their tuition fee almost entirely. But still there is a nominal amount that needs to be paid by the students.


  • TA is offered to a student by the department wherein the student would grade the papers of the undergraduate or graduate students in a particular subject. They will be assigned as a TA for a particular course.
  • Responsibility of a TA would be to assist the professor who is teaching that particular course. Payment to a TA may vary depending on the work assigned or the department.


  • This is same as any part time job in the university, like website development for any department, dining manager, or library assistant. There will be few GA positions in most of the departments.
  • These are mostly offered to the students after they land at the university.


OPT is work authorization which allows a student to work in a job directly related to the student‘s major area of study after completion of course.


CPT is work authorization which allows a student to do internship related to the student‘s major area of study while pursuing the course. Student is eligible to work for any internship for a period of 11 months.


The U.S. education system is one of the most flexible in the world wherein students can specialize in their areas of interest. Each college/University can regulate their admission standards and programs as the U.S. education system is not centralized.



Find the program that meets your profile and requirement with the help of available information about the University based on your interests and career goals, academic records, practice and actual test scores, and financial background.

Judging quality of a program

  • The academic training offered at the department
  • Research activities and facilities
  • The consent towards teaching and student development
  • Nature of student enrollment in their programs
  • The program resources
  • Library, laboratory equipment facilities
  • Student faculty ratio
  • Courses are separate or integrated
  • Faculty list and their research interests
  • Admission requirements
  • Admission policies and procedures for international students
  • Financial assistance

Identifying right Institution

  • Quality of Study
  • Availability of financial aid
  • Tuition Cost
  • Approach to technology
  • Location and Climate
  • Ranking
  • On Campus jobs
  • Chosen field of study
  • Infrastructure
  • Enrollment Size
  • International Student Services Office


Timeline for Applying to US universities

The following information will help you plan for the college application process in detail. It will provide you information on the dates and the necessary steps involved in completing the process, following a schedule will help you make sure that everything is done in time and that no procedures or steps are forgotten.

16 – 12 Months before beginning your studies in the US

  • Begin your search with possible US colleges or universities through college reference guides and visit college websites
  • Talk with your relatives and friends, who have studied in the US
  • Request for information from 10 to 20 different schools
  • Register and start preparing for the TOEFL and other entrance tests (such as the SAT or GRE)

10 Months before

Take GRE, TOEFL/IELTS and other entrance tests as required. Try taking the test early, so that it gives you an opportunity to take it once again if you haven’t performed satisfactorily

9 Months before

  • Send letters to colleges you have selected requesting applications and information, or obtain this information and necessary forms from their websites
  • You should choose:
    • One or two schools that you really like, but may be too difficult to get into;
    • Two or three that you like and which you think will accept you;
    • One or two which may not be your favorites, but you are quite sure that they will accept you.
  • Get recommendation letters either from the teachers or professionals in the field whom you have worked with and who can speak specifically about your academic potential and relevant accomplishments
  • If your previous TOEFL, SAT, or GRE scores were not satisfactory, register for the test again

8 Months before

  • Filling of University Application forms
  • Send certified copies of your academic transcripts to each of the schools where you are applying
  • Write the Statement of Purpose (SOP). This is an important part of the application. You should show in your statement how your education so far has created a foundation for your goals, and how your proposed coursework in the US will help you achieve those goals. You should be as specific as possible about your research interests and past accomplishments
  • Complete your essays and application forms, including the financial aid application forms, using the originals (not the copies). Mail the originals by airmail in time to meet the deadlines
  • Check with your department office and your school to make sure your recommendations and transcripts have been mailed in time to meet the deadlines

6 Months before

Respond promptly to any requests you receive

4-5 Months before

  • You will start hearing decisions from the schools. Contact the admissions office at any school that you do not hear from
  • Accept only one school’s offer, and let the other schools know of your decision. Ask the school you have chosen to attend to send you the I-20 form.

3 Months before

  • Start your Visa process by filling required forms and attend visa interview
  • Make travel arrangements. Schedule your trip so you arrive at least 15 days prior to your school’s orientation




Undergraduate Degree
  • Successful completion of international education equivalent to US secondary education (10+2 years)

  • Diploma or acceptable certification of graduation from High School in your home country

  • IELTS (minimum requirement: 6.0- 6.5BANDS.)/TOEFL iBT (minimum requirement : 68- 80)

  • SAT I : This is required for almost all Courses and Universities.

  • SAT II : A few Universities may require you to take two or three subject tests.

  • Proven academic achievement demonstrating your ability to succeed in university-level studies

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Graduate Degree
  • International Bachelor’s degree equivalent to an American four-year Bachelor’s degree, from an accredited university

  • In case you have a three-year Bachelor’s degree or diploma, you can complete a qualifying Pre-Master’s program first

  • English Proficiency Test Scores (may vary from university to university). (TOEFL-iBT 61-80 or IELTS 6.0 – 6.5 bands)

  • Standardized test – GRE or GMAT

  • Official documents for all colleges/universities attended

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)